The Statement Tote Bag
After many years of seeking out gorgeous materials for my headbands, I began to amass a number of fabrics that I adored but where the prints were too large. One day, I stumbled upon my secret stash again and had an idea: if they’re too pretty not to use, why not turn them into tote bags?
So I took these designs, got to work, and came up with something that I think is really special. With bright, vintage floral patterns, it’s the ideal statement bag for maximalist style lovers!
But they’re not just pretty: the bags are sturdy with a twill lining, which means you can fill them without fear of them breaking, and stains and spillages are easy to clean. Size-wise, this is more of a purse than a typical tote bag. Giving them a vintage, classy look while still providing you with plenty of storage space.
So if you’re tired of dull, uninspired designs on tote bags, grab one of these today! You’ll look elegant no matter the occasion.
The pattern placement may vary, which means a different part of the fabric may be showing on your bag.
Curious about the Rockabilly headbands that inspired my secret stash of vintage and retro fabrics? Check them out here!
What are tote bags?
Tote bags are extremely practical accessories that can be used for a variety of activities. Be it carrying large items like laptops and tablets, holding groceries or even gym gear. Their flexibility and versatility are a few of the reasons why they have become so popular over recent years.
And they’re good for the environment! The introduction of tote bags in supermarkets has virtually eradicated the need for single-use plastic bags. The plethora of styles and designs allow the wearer to carry a sense of identity when shopping, visiting the beach, or any number of other activities. This, coupled with the variety of ways you can use a tote bag, means you will often use the same one as there is no pressing need to replace it.
They’re designed simply in a rectangular shape. The designs deliberately lack any sort of structure or support so that the bag can adapt to what’s being carried and close when it’s carried by the handles. And because of the way they naturally close, tote bags don’t have zippers or fastenings.
The handles are straps that are designed to carry a lot of weight. Although some are designed to be short, my tote bags have long straps so that you can comfortably slip them over your shoulder when carrying heavy loads.
They’re generally made with easy-to-clean fabric, such as canvas or cotton, to allow for maximum re-use. Some contain only recycled materials.